Fans spoiled by success the last four years are in the midst of an anomaly under the leadership of Derrick Moyers.

When the popular coach came over from Cascade in 2007, he immediately led the Red Devils to the state championship game and a 14-1 record.

Since then Pike has gone 25-8 and have been a strong contender in Class 5A over the past three years.

But this season has offered more trials than in past seasons, with the Red Devils opening with losses to North Central and Ben Davis. After beating Conference Indiana rival Southport 21-14 in week three, the Red Devils fell to Lawrence Central and Bloomington North by a combined ten points.

Just like the past three weeks on Friday, Pike saw another game come down to the wire only to have it get away.  This week it was Columbus North who was able to hold onto a 20-17 victory at Pike.

The Bulldogs looked to be ready to break it open in the third quarter when they took a 17-3 lead late into the third quarter, as their defense frustrated the new Red Devils starting quarterback Brent Lyles.

Pike got a touchdown from Armon Murray to cut the lead to 17-10, but another Columubs North field goal pushed the lead back to ten late in the fourth quarter.

Dominique Booth got the Red Devils back into the game when he took the ball and went 76 yards for the touchdown in the final minutes to cut the lead to 20-17. Columbus North, however, wouldn't let Pike get a shot to tie or win it, recovering the ensuing onside kick and then gaining enough yardage to wind the clock to 0:00.

The Bulldogs move to 2-2 in Conference Indiana and into a tie with Southport in the conference standings. Pike, meanwhile, goes to 1-5 as they travel to Bloomington South next week in search of their second win.